Nobody really thinks about being a cancer patient until you get a phone call. As soon as you hear the word cancer, you want everything done quickly. We have a process set up to take care of you. We hope most people never have to take advantage of that, but if you ever do, you can have confidence that we’ll move quickly to get done whatever needs to be done.

-Dr. Raymond Smith, Medical Oncologist & Hematologist

We’ve created an ideal place to come for your breast care.

When you’re up against cancer, there’s no place like home. At Quincy Medical Group, we have the expertise and care you can rely on from screening to treatment.

About one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It’s the toughest, most personal battle you may ever face — but you don’t have to face it alone. Our team of experts at Quincy Medical Group has committed themselves to enhancing the detection and treatment of breast cancer. We take a comprehensive approach to breast care including experts from women’s health, imaging, radiology, surgery, and oncology. We’re your team and we move quickly to get you the care and treatment you need.

Early Detection

A woman’s best defense against breast cancer is early detection. It is our mission to combine state-of-the-art technology with our highly experienced and trained team to discover breast cancer when it is still in its early stages and more easily treated. QMG is fully equipped with the latest technology, offering the full range of breast cancer screening procedures and services: screening and diagnostic 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI. Core biopsies are performed under ultrasound, stereotactic, and MRI guidance.

You and your doctor can determine the right approach to screening for breast cancer based on your age, your health history, and the makeup of your breast tissue.

Learn More

Mammography

Mammography is an imaging tool used to screen for breast cancer. This technology uses compression and X-rays to take images of your breast digitally. QMG offers both 2D and 3D mammography. With 3D technology, our radiologists can examine your breast tissue in one millimeter layers, making it easier to interpret any abnormalities. Patients should check with their insurance providers regarding coverage for a 3D mammogram.  To schedule an appointment call (217) 222-6550, ext. 3284, or click her to schedule in Quincy or Pittsfield.

Same-Day Mammograms Available

Walk-in mammograms are offered Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the QMG Women’s Health Center located on the second floor of our 1118 Hampshire St. building in Quincy, IL.

3T MRI

For patients who need additional screening beyond a mammogram and traditional MRI, QMG provides breast imaging with 3T MRI technology. Our 3T MRI machine, the SIGNA™ Pioneer from GE Healthcare, creates the highest-quality images currently available. It provides detailed imaging, allowing for more accurate diagnoses of breast cancers at their earliest stages.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy is a diagnostic test that uses mammography. Mammography allows our radiologists to pinpoint the exact location of a suspicious lump or abnormal tissue within the breast, which is then biopsied using a minimally invasive technique. The small amount of breast tissue obtained during the biopsy is then tested for cancer cells or indicators of other conditions.

Cancer Care

Battling cancer is a journey that may require many visits with us. If you do have breast cancer, you’ll find support from a whole team of people dedicated to giving you the care you need. We’re here to help with all the challenges and decisions you may face.

Once we have determined your exact diagnosis, a plan for treatment will begin. Every cancer is different. Treatment options vary from person to person. Your treatment plan will be specific to you and your cancer type. This plan may involve one or many types of treatment. Your doctor will meet with you to determine which options may be right for you.

Learn More

Mastectomy and Lumpectomy

Breast cancer surgery is the primary treatment for most types of breast cancer. Mastectomy and lumpectomy are two different surgical methods for removing tumors. You may have additional surgeries to look for cancer in your lymph nodes or to reconstruct your breast after removal.

At QMG, we offer newer mastectomy surgical options which include skin and nipple-sparing mastectomies as well as oncoplasty.

Advancements by surgeons at QMG allow for substantially improved results. Dr. Christian Zwick, general surgeon, is able to perform a skin and nipple-sparing mastectomy. In most instances, this procedure is completed in conjunction with his surgical partner, Dr. Eric Fynn-Thompson, plastic surgeon, who in the same setting provides an immediate reconstruction of the breast.

In addition to the above procedure, QMG offers oncoplastic surgery. This is an approach for breast cancer patients that improves cosmetic outcomes. To do this, surgeons will combine breast cancer tumor removal (a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) and plastic surgery techniques (reconstructive surgery) at the same time as breast conservation surgery. For patients, this procedure reduces the visible signs of surgery.

Magseed & Magtrace

To help further improve outcomes for our community’s breast cancer patients, QMG now offers Magseed® and Magtrace® becoming the first in West Central Illinois to do so. Dr. Christian Zwick, QMG Surgeon, is utilizing these innovative cancer technologies which allows our team to precisely remove cancerous tissue without the use of wire.

Magseed®

Magseed® is a tiny magnetic seed, approximately the size of a grain of rice, which is used to accurately mark tumors or lymph nodes, allowing surgeons to detect and remove them as accurately as possible. The Magseed® marker is made out of surgical-grade stainless steel and is located using its magnetic trace.

The Magseed® marker replaces the traditional guidewire method of cancer marking and is less invasive for a patient. The system then guides the physician to where the liquid collects in the armpit, to see if the cancer has spread. This is critical in determining the tumor stage and deciding on the patient’s best treatment path.

Magtrace®

The Magtrace® lymphatic tracer is a liquid tracer that has been developed specifically for sentinel node biopsies.

Detected by the Sentimag® localization system, The tiny particles in the Magtrace® lymphatic tracer are able to quickly pass through the lymphatic system, following the same path a spreading cancer cell would take.

The system then guides the physician to where the liquid collects in the armpit, to see if the cancer has spread. This is critical in determining the tumor stage and deciding on the patient’s best treatment path.

Your Support

Facing cancer is a difficult and emotional experience that impacts every aspect of your life. We recognize the profound weight of this journey, and our QMG Cancer Institute team is dedicated to supporting you. In partnership with our QMG family, QMG Foundation, as well as various organizations and local businesses, we have to put together a list of programs and resources for you. Having support is important. We encourage you to connect with your care team with any specific questions or needs. Your journey is our priority, and we are committed to standing alongside you every step of the way.